Time cut to sign up for insurance under Affordable Care Act - here's what Polk residents need to know - 11.14.17

In Polk County, the rest of Florida, and nationwide, people are signing up for health insurance under the Marketplace at numbers similar to previous years, seemingly undeterred by the Trump Administration’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Good Causes - 10.3.17

Central Florida Health Care’s second annual golf tournament starts at 8 a.m. Friday at Cleveland Heights Golf Course, 2900 Buckingham Ave., Lakeland. Proceeds will allow Central Florida Health Care to purchase its first mammography machine. Sponsorships range from $100 to $10,000 and donations are accepted. Register online at For more information, call Ashley Moats at 863-845-2550 ext. 2520, 863-449-0267,

Central Florida Health Care clinic in Lakeland earns perfect score from federal inspection - 9.27.17

For Ann Claussen and others on the staff and board at Central Florida Health Care, a recent site visit from federal inspectors ended with cause to celebrate.

Advocates promote community school at forum - 9.22.17

It’s been five years since Evans High School in Orlando became the state’s first community partnership school, endowing it with a multiplicity of services such as homework assistance, health care, and mental health counseling.

Program aims to deal with doctor shortage in Polk County - 8.24.17

Staff at Winter Haven Hospital are teaming up with Polk County leaders and other local healthcare providers to help deal with a shortage of primary care doctors.

Polk County good news - Rock the Block - 8.20.17

The 2017 Rock the Block by Harvest Church, held at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, had about 5,000 people attend and gave away 1,500 backpacks, served 3,000 meals, baptized 12 people, gave 400 haircuts provided by Focus 4 Beauty, and provided 450 family portraits.

Some local relieved at Senate's failure to repeal health law - 8.19.17

Winter Haven Hospital may receive funding to help develop a physician-residency program to bring much-needed primary care to uninsured and under-insured residents.

Some local relieved at Senate's failure to repeal health law - 7.28.17
The so-called “skinny repeal” bill, a modified version of previous bills that failed to gain a majority, would have deleted the individual mandate to buy health insurance or face a penalty. It also would have scuttled a requirement for companies with at least 50 employees to offer coverage, among other changes.

Crystal Lake Elementary to become community school in Polk pilot program - 7.27.17
Seventy-three schools, eight months and four committees later, the community school model initiative is moving ahead with a pilot program at Crystal Lake Elementary in Lakeland.

Help for under-insured expanding - 5.10.17

It’s not often that one goes to an indoor groundbreaking, but last week Haines City Chamber of Commerce members, city officials, and Central Florida Health Care leaders did.


ABC Action News Video - New Haines City clinic caters to uninsured patients; and their patient list is ballooning fast - 4.10.17

So many in the bay area are faced with that dilemma, but there may be some relief coming to patients in Polk County.


Haines City medical clinic opens Monday to serve the uninsured - 4.10.17

Central Florida Health Care’s Haines City clinic will start seeing clients at 7:30 a.m. Monday in a building it purchased at 705 Ingraham Ave.

New Central Florida Health Care clinic opening in Haines City - 3.24.17

Central Florida Health Care (CFHC) is opening a new clinic at 705 Ingraham Ave. in the heart of downtown close to City Hall and the public library on

April 10th.

¿Que Pasa Polk? Video #103 - 3.23.17

Anita from ¿Que Pasa Polk? speaks with Central Florida Health Care's Director of Enabling Services, Ermelinda Centeno, about the services at our centers. She also discusses the current state of the health care system. Anita de ¿Que Pasa Polk? habla con Directora de Servicios de Habilitación, Ermelinda Centeno, de Central Florida Health Care para aprender sobre los servicios que ofrecen y el estado actual del sistema de salud.


Polk sales tax money boosts mental health services, committee told - 3.18.17

Leaders of five agencies that provide mental health and addiction services used slide presentations to show how well they are stretching money from the Polk County half-cent sales tax to serve indigent and low-income residents.

Letter: Don’t delay dentist visit - 3.17.17

Every year 2 million Americans will have a heart attack or stroke. Gum disease can cause them, being a chronic infection and inflammation going into the bloodstream.

Figures indicate turmoil not deterring health insurance applicants - 1.31.17

The Trump administration's vow to repeal and replace the ACA, also known as Obamacare, which Republicans say is expensive, intrusive, and hurts the free market system, apparently has not deterred signups for coverage.

Letter: A healthy difference - 1.25.17

As the chairperson for the "Keep Polk Kids Healthy" campaign, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the voters of Polk County for their overwhelming support for the half-cent sales tax.

Still time to prepare for onslaught of flu season - 1.17.17
So far, the flu season has been mild in Polk County. But that could change quickly.

FCLF and CFHC: Building Blocks for Low Income Healthcare - 1.9.17

See how Central Florida Health Care uses funding from the Florida Community Loan Fund to impact our health care community in the counties of Polk, Highlands, and Hardee.